Buy Your Tickets Today For Our Second Annual Frosty Ball

Children’s Hands-On Museum of NW Illinois is hosting its Second Annual Frosty Ball at Grand River Hall on January 26, 2019.

Gathering hour for this formal event is 6:00 p.m., with dinner at 7:00 followed by music and dancing. The dessert bar is not to be missed.

A silent auction of a wide variety of items and tickets will be held to benefit CHOM. Hilldale Deli of Freeport is catering the plated meal, and the band Blind Bogey will provide a wide variety of music. Tickets are $55 per person and available from any board member or at online.

Kiwanis Sponsor Music Exhibit

The Children’s Hands-On Museum of NW Illinois is thrilled to receive an award from the Lincoln-Douglas Kiwanis for sponsorship of the music exhibit in their museum. The music room will include new instruments as well as exploration of sound from various avenues of music. The check was presented by Tom Huber and Ray Schubert at the museum board meeting Thursday evening, December 20. Susan Walt, Treasurer, and Gwynne French, Public Relations and music representative, received the check.

Met Life Provides Painters

Volunteers from MetLife came over several days to paint at CHOM. We are almost done, except for new walls that need to be plastered. This area is so blessed with MetLife back in full force in Freeport!

Dr. Laura Wieland Brown Donates Science Exhibit

Dr. Laura Wieland Brown delivered the “Smell of Molecules” science exhibit on December 17. Laura, a Freeport grad, is now a professor of biology at Indiana University. Thank you Dr. Brown!


Northwest Illinois Audubon Donates Panels

Check out the latest donation we received from the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society. These are the paneled “Our Changing Woodlands” murals from the old Oakdale Nature Center. Slight restoration will be done before the installation is complete.

Juliet Moderow, president of Northwest Illinois Audubon Society, commented “It was meant to educate others on the beauty of nature and we are glad that it still can do just that.”

New Permanent Location Coming Early 2019!

On October 27, CHOM received the keys for a new, permanent location at Lincoln Mall in Freeport. Way back in the day these locations were Stone’s Hallmark and Payless Shoes. Renovations have already begun, including cutting a hole in the wall to join the two store fronts for approximately 7,000 square feet of learning fun!



CHOM Receives Fall Grant from the Freeport Community Foundation

On October 25, 2018, at a Grant and Donor Reception at the Eagles Club, the Freeport Community Foundation Board of Directors awarded 15 grants totaling $83,015.76 to 14 area non-profit organizations that provide a variety of programs and services benefiting Northwestern Illinois. Grants were awarded from the Community Needs Fund, the Matthew A. Marvin Fund and the Craig Wilson Trust.

Children’s Hands-On Museum was awarded 2,832.80 to expand the Kids Build exhibit. This 270 s.f. exhibit will allow children to discover the building trades. Older children will use drafting tables, tools, shapes and more to design and finish the exterior and interior of a building. Younger children will have access to foam planks, bricks and other building “materials” for building. A grant for the drafting pieces was awarded in 2017.

Thanks again to the Freeport Community Foundation for their valuable support.